Thai green papaya salad recipe (som tam ส้มตำ) – Thai Recipes

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Thai green papaya salad, known better as “som tam” (ส้มตำ) is one of the most popular Thai street food dishes available. Though it’s an Isaan, northeastern Thai dish, som tam can be found throughout the entire country, and is widely popular in Bangkok where you’ll find it being served at just about every street corner in the entire city.

So today, in this video, I’ll be showing you how to make this Thai green papaya salad recipe. There’s actually no cooking involved in this Thai recipe, and as long as you can get the ingredients fresh, you’ll be able to make this salad and it will taste wonderful. Probably the hardest part of making som tam would be combining the exactly right combination of dressing ingredients together – it’s a ratios and a balance thing – and it’s also up to your own personal taste buds the way you like it. I personally enjoy my Thai green papaya salad spicy and sour. But many people like it less spicy and sour, and more sweet. Even when you order your Thai green papaya salad on the streets of Thailand, the vendor will occasionally reach in with the spoon and motion to give you a sample so you can taste if it’s the way you like it, and if not, you can tell them to add more chili, more fish sauce, or anything else to make it the way you like it. So make sure you taste test!

Ok, so anywhere, this recipe makes just one big plate of som tam, which you can share with others along with other dishes for a full meal, or you can eat the whole thing yourself. Thai green papaya salad is a very common lunchtime dish in Bangkok, often eaten with a skewer of grilled chicken and a bag of sticky rice for starch.

Here are the ingredients:

2 cloves of garlic
5 Thai chillies
2 tablespoons roasted peanuts
1 tablespoon fish sauce
½ – 1 tablespoon palm sugar
1 – 2 limes
1 tablespoon of dried shrimp (optional)
1 – 2 small tomatoes (in Thailand I used sida tomatoes, but you could probably use roma tomatoes)
1 green papaya
Long-beans or green beans
Green cabbage
Thai sweet basil

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melisya vaneta says:

Asinan sayur

TSamuon LKarmacharya says:

I've watched pretty much every your video of Mark…!!! LOVED it !!

Michael Scott says:

What were those chili's that were purple? Never seen them. They look beautiful.

gie jim says:

Looks delicious can i blanch the string beans first before adding it to the mortar?

pemba tshering says:

Mark ur the winner I really like ur video n I'm a big fan of urs. I alys feel happy when I watch ur video. U r a v cheerful guy. Thank you v much for letting us get the opportunity to experience ur beautiful n enjoyable video

TONOMO says:


peakarach says:

Papaya salad is Lao food origin we called it Tum Mark Hoong, Tum Som. WTF.

Tippy H says:

wow Mark made it!

Mr.Marshall Ck says:

ดี..👍 Thanks for showing me…✌06/10/2017..

aliceinultraland says:

omg the first video oh his i've seen without the melodramatics where he eats the food and… just after the right amount of chews… doesn't act like a complete spaz with the retard movement of his mouth and and the off slant he does with his head. it's amazing coz when he's a bit more natural he doesn't actually look like a compete retard…. like he does normally.

dan2uk1 says:

Love this salad, always ate this in Thailand. Just have to see if I can get the green papaya in UK.
Thanks for the video, great stuff.

Lynda Lalduhawmi says:

😋😋looks delicious

hyeokjin Chae says:

Easy and simple Thanks man

Kari12Lagon says:

I like this guy

aline ragiel says:

My favorite Som tam. even I'm not thailand people

Susan W. says:

Love your cooking videos!

maikor3 says:

I love papaya salad! I like to add the sauce afterward to avoid splashes but I make the Lao version and it tastes just as good

Thai Baan says:

your salad is realy good, I am sad I can not find dry shrimp here in germany and make in original way. have a look to my video

Andy Dixon says:

Dude, you've made me soooooo miss Thailand. Great video!

Su K. says:

Thanks Mark I will show your vdo when my friends keep asking for recipe your vdo very clear to understand:-)

กระสอบ ใส่ศพ says:

อันนี้คือ ส้มตำไทยครับ รสชาติออกหวานๆ ส้มตำมีอีกหลากหลายครับผม ไม่ต่ำกว่า 10 แบบ

can man says:

I don't happen to make it this way but some of my relatives do make it this way. I usually start with the peppers, salt and garlic then add papaya, sugar, tamarind sauce, crab paste, shrimp paste, lime,peanuts or peanut butter, fish sauce..Damn, I'm salivating just thinking about it.

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